There are small things in life we wish to do but unfortunately we never had the courage to do them even though they might be costless and take no time. Walking under the rain is one of those things that I had on my wish list since I was a child, but I never dared to do it. I can’t clearly define the reason behind my hesitation. It could be because I am afraid of getting sick or ruining my shoes, jeans or simply my hair. Silly reasons no?
Not a long time ago, I started asking myself why I am not really doing what makes me happy. What is the thing that’s stopping me from enjoying precious moments in my life? And, why am I not being able to remove simple things from my check list? It was then that I decided to start ENJOYING and DOING what I want to do. Unfortunately, walking under the rain was still on the list until last week.
Last Friday, I was visiting Tripoli with a dear friend. The old souk and the castle were one of those to-do things since 2006 and finally, I did it. You can’t imagine how free and happy this made me. It was like seeing the souk and the castle for the first time. Thanks to my friend, I took my time enjoying the walk and contemplating every single detail: The streets, the mosques, the houses, the faces …everything! We were buying Ma'amoul when it started raining heavily and since we didn't have an umbrella, the owner, a sweet old man, invited us to wait in the shop until the rain stops. Although I wanted to enjoy the rain, I was happy to stay there and have a chance to look at the way the Lebanese sweets were displayed taking back to many of my childhood memories. At the end of our trip, we decided to go to Mina, a must see area in Tripoli. While walking and taking beautiful photos of the sea and the boats, it started raining heavily again. My friend, his brother and I started running seeking a shelter in vain. Laughing like crazy, we kept on running trying to reach a taxi.
At that moment, I couldn't but be worried. Then, I asked myself, why?
Here’s how I answered this question: “Soha, It is just happening right now, a thing that you always wanted to do. Why don’t you just enjoy it? It is surely a Gift from God, especially that it was not planned for today. Instead of being worried, you can simply wash your worries away with the rain along with your soaked hair and drowned clothes. What is the worst thing that can happen? Getting down with the flu? Then, it is the easiest problem on earth that can be solved with a warm shower and a hot cup of tea. Let’s just enjoy the RAIN!!”
This internal monologue suddenly changed my laugh and made it deeper and FREE.
I am sure that ruining a happy moment, by worrying instead of simply enjoying, happened to many of you. This is probably because you’re facing lots of problems or maybe you’re worrying about the future. But, every time this happens, you must ask yourself three simple questions:
- Am I hurting myself?
- Am I doing anything that can hurt someone else or at least people I love?
- Am I doing anything that’s against my values?
If the answer to all of the above is no, then there is no reason to be worried. You have the full and unconditional right to enjoy the moment. Just forget about the problems you’re facing because I am sure they won’t be solved on the spot. Forget about what will happen next, because you don’t know and you can never know what the future holds. Free yourself from everything and ENJOY. As Pearl S. Buck said: “Many people lose the small joys, in hope for the big happiness”.
I didn't want to lose the small joys in Tripoli. I walked under the rain laughing like crazy, happy and FREE. I enjoyed it and it was an amazing and unforgettable moment.
I just felt FREE!
|Timothy singing freely with his parents|